I spoke to a friend whose family has been in the oyster racket for years (he is a restaurant manager) and he reported there are plenty of oysters coming from Calcasieu east to just short of Grande Isle...and we are all hearing about zone 12 and 13 opening...so it is looking up just in time for the weather to get good. According to my source, a lot of guys are being paid for not going out. In a different vein, he said he saw huge shrimp slapping off the side of his boat last week....no one out there getting them. Don;t ask me exactly wehre this was
Here is confirmation on zones 12 & 13...
Two more oyster areas reopen
Chris Miller Reporting
More oyster harvest areas in Louisiana waters are coming back on-line, nearly six months after the BP oil spill began. Today the Louisiana health and hospitals dept. announced the reopening of two more harvest areas.
Areas 12 and 13 are big ones according to Dr. Jimmy Guidry.
"Most of the large oyster areas will be open as a result of today's opening," said Guidry. The areas in question are in Plaquemines, Jefferson and Lafourche parishes.
Dr. Guidry says there are now a half-dozen closings, of smaller areas. He says oysters from the reopened areas have been tested and are free from contamination -- and taste great.
"We've worked with the federal government, with the FDA, and got samples in and made sure that the oysters are safe to eat," Guidry said.